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Dr. William A. Athens Jr, D.O.

Orthopedist

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28 years Experience
Dr. William A. Athens Jr, D.O.
  • Brownstown Charter Twp, Michigan
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Will my surgery end my career?

Not necessarily. It really depends upon what your condition is and what type of surgery you require. There are plenty of examples where high level athletes, as well as football READ MORE
Not necessarily. It really depends upon what your condition is and what type of surgery you require. There are plenty of examples where high level athletes, as well as football players have been able to return to their game. Just to name a few, Payton Manning, Tiger Woods, and a defensive back from MSU named Amp Champbell. He went on to become an All-American. So, it just depends upon your position and what surgery you will undergo. All the best to you and keep your head up!

Does tennis elbow require a surgery?

About 95% of patients with tennis elbow will not require operative treatment. It may take up to 4-6 months of conservative treatment to resolve. Having said that, of those patients READ MORE
About 95% of patients with tennis elbow will not require operative treatment. It may take up to 4-6 months of conservative treatment to resolve. Having said that, of those patients that I have treated operatively, 100% of those patients symptoms have resolved and they were able to return to full activity. Recovery period varied between 3-6 wks.

I have a bulging bone just below my toe. What could it be?

More than likely it is an arthritic spur or bony overgrowth. It’s not usually dangerous but can cause pain. I recommend you see a Podiatrist or Foot and Ankle Othropedist in your READ MORE
More than likely it is an arthritic spur or bony overgrowth. It’s not usually dangerous but can cause pain. I recommend you see a Podiatrist or Foot and Ankle Othropedist in your area for definitive treatment. More than likely the procedure would be a minor outpatient surgery.

Why does my hip crack every time I move?

It can be normal, but it also can be a sign of something wrong. This can be due to a few different reasons. First of all if the popping is not associated with pain then there is READ MORE
It can be normal, but it also can be a sign of something wrong. This can be due to a few different reasons. First of all if the popping is not associated with pain then there is usually no cause for concern. The popping can be from the IT band which is the long flat fascia muscle that extends from the hip down to your knee. It can also be due to snapping of the hip joint itself from the labrum. The labrum is a cartilage ring around the hip socket. It’s usually associated with pain and catching in the joint. It’s usually diagnosed on exam and an MRI of the hip.

What is the treatment for musculoskeletal pain?

Initially, the treatment is conservative, consisting of anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naproxen along with physical therapy. If the symptoms worsen or he begins READ MORE
Initially, the treatment is conservative, consisting of anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naproxen along with physical therapy. If the symptoms worsen or he begins having radiating pain or numbness and tingling in his arms, then further investigation with an MRI may be indicated.

I can notice a slight curve on my back. Is it scoliosis?

Slight curves of the spine can be normal. The diagnosis of scoliosis requires radiographic evidence of a curve greater than 20 degrees. Anything less than that is considered a READ MORE
Slight curves of the spine can be normal. The diagnosis of scoliosis requires radiographic evidence of a curve greater than 20 degrees. Anything less than that is considered a compensatory curve and is completely normal and does not require treatment.

Cortisone injections for osteoarthritis. Do they work?

The side effects are minimal especially with low doses that are typically administered in the hand.

Can a childhood fracture hurt in adulthood?

It depends. I would say no. Most childhood fractures heal without sequella. It may be completely unrelated. See your Dr if it persists.

I feel slight numbness in my left foot. What could be the reason for this?

It could be related to a pinched or stretched nerve. It can also be related to your lower back. See your Dr for evaluation. Vitamin B 12 can help nerve function.

I have hip pain due to hip arthritis, but now my knees are also hurting. What could be the reason?

Not necessarily, in fact as the hip OA worsens it can cause the pain to radiate to the knees. Your knee's may be completely normal. If your hips are getting that bad it sound like READ MORE
Not necessarily, in fact as the hip OA worsens it can cause the pain to radiate to the knees. Your knee's may be completely normal. If your hips are getting that bad it sound like it's time to proceed with hip replacement surgery. The implants are better now and there are minimally invasive techniques that will allow a more rapid recovery and ability to weight bear immediately following surgery. I bet that your knees will feel better as well.

Does cracking my knuckles weaken my bones?

No that is a wives tale. It can however make the joints hypermobile which can lead to osteoarthritis.

My right ankle seems to be swollen but there is no pain. Should I try ice therapy to reduce the swelling?

Yes, you can ice, elevate, and ace compression wrap should help alleviate the swelling. If it persists, you may want to have it examined by your doctor.

After a 10k run, I feel a slight swelling in my knee. What could it be?

Difficult to say, if you are used to running a lot and haven't had these symptoms I would say no, not from exertion. I would start with a period of rest from high impact maybe READ MORE
Difficult to say, if you are used to running a lot and haven't had these symptoms I would say no, not from exertion. I would start with a period of rest from high impact maybe just cycle over the next wk. Typically swelling in the joint is the body's natural response to lubricate the joint because of something irritating it. Whether that is due to wear and tear, or something more acute such as a meniscal tear. I would say if it keeps happening you should get an X-ray and possibly an MRI. See your Dr if these symptoms persist. In the meantime ice, ace wrap compression, and OTC NSAIDs (i.e. Ibuprofen, aleve) as tolerated.

My back is feeling strained. What should I do?

You may have just strained your lower back muscles. As long as you're not having any pain radiating down your leg I don't think it's anything serious. Most all of us will experience READ MORE
You may have just strained your lower back muscles. As long as you're not having any pain radiating down your leg I don't think it's anything serious. Most all of us will experience lower back pain in our lifetime most of the time it will be self limiting, improve on its own. Try lying in the 90/90 position with your lower legs on an ottteman with your hips at 90 degrees as well. There are numerous lower back stretching exercises you can do as well. Look them up on the internet. McKenzie exercises are helpful as well.

After a knee surgery how long should one wait before resuming any sport?

I would follow what his surgeon has recommended first and foremost. With any major ligament reconstruction, it may be up to 6 months or more, depending upon what ligament was repaired, READ MORE
I would follow what his surgeon has recommended first and foremost. With any major ligament reconstruction, it may be up to 6 months or more, depending upon what ligament was repaired, before he may return to competitive sports. Having said that, it's safe for him to rehabilitate his knee, regain the ROM and strength before returning to sports again.

At what age should my wife check her bone density levels?

She doesn't necessarily need a bone density test as of yet. It is however a good idea that she begin a calcium with vitamin D supplement in her early 30's to prevent the osteoporosis. READ MORE
She doesn't necessarily need a bone density test as of yet. It is however a good idea that she begin a calcium with vitamin D supplement in her early 30's to prevent the osteoporosis. Yes it can be hereditary so she may want to get a baseline bone densiometry at 30. The name of the game now is prevention.

I recently recovered from a fractured finger. But after removing the cast, the finger still seems swollen. What could be the reason?

This is normal even if the fracture has healed. Small joints in the hand may stay swollen for several wks sometimes months. As long as you feel better I wouldn't worry about it. READ MORE
This is normal even if the fracture has healed. Small joints in the hand may stay swollen for several wks sometimes months. As long as you feel better I wouldn't worry about it.

Can a fracture change the structure of my finger forever?

It sounds like it healed crooked. The only way to correct that would involve surgery. If it functions well and doesn't hurt or get in the way of everyday life I wouldn't worry READ MORE
It sounds like it healed crooked. The only way to correct that would involve surgery. If it functions well and doesn't hurt or get in the way of everyday life I wouldn't worry about it. If it bothers you I would see a hand surgeon for a corrective osteotomy, where they break the bone and straighten it. Of course that would be done under an anesthetic.